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Lora's Cottage - Cottages by the Beach - 2nd Cottage from the Beach

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps up to 6)

Birch Bay is 2 hours north of Seattle on I - 5 and minutes south of the Canadian border near Vancouver B.C. We're at the corner of the US and Canada and within a very short distance of Bellingham, Washington.

If you want some of the best and easiest beach access in Birch Bay, try Lora's Cottage. You'll find several miles of open beach to walk or bike. When the tide is out there are miles of tide flats on which to make sand castles or clam. And one of the features which sets this cottage apart is a delightful gated, wooden foot bridge that leads to a privately owned spit where you can find your own driftwood log to sit on and gaze at sunsets, sometimes peaceful in pastel blue and yellow or raucous in vivid color splashed across the sky.

Lora's Cottage inspires comments like 'That cottage is sooo cute! as walkers stroll past the white picket fence. Modern comforts & new furnishings simply make Lora's mellow age all the more delightful! Old fashioned wood windows let partial views of the Bay & sunshine in, while original wood floors throughout & a tiled wood stove give warmth & a great atmosphere for summer vacation or a romantic getaway. (wood provided in winter, electric heat throughout)

One bedroom has a very comfy queen memory mattress bed plus our second cable TV, an LCD flat screen. The second has a full bed. A leather queen sofa sleeper in the living room sleeps two more. This sofa is made by American Leather and has no bars under it. It is very comfortable! Lora's is a perfect little cottage for two, comfortable for four and sleeps 6 in a pinch.

A short walk south along the Bay brings you to Birch Bay's 'C' shop--known all over the county for its European trained chocolatier's - watch as they craft. You'll find pastries, breads, pizza and lunch there as well. Though not open winter months, you can order ahead Christmas and Easter goodies. Across the street is Bay Cafe, open year 'round. A short walk north on Birch Bay Drive takes you to Shores, Tradewinds Cafe, and CJ's Restaurants, more restaurants & golf. Or how about just relaxing on your own old-fashioned covered sitting porch at the cottage with lemonade or iced tea? Or grind your own coffee beans for that perfect cup. In the new little tea cupboard is a vintage china tea set. Chances are you'll find some Stash tea in the cupboard and...there are some crystal wine goblets! We have added a new Weber grill, beautifully clad in green enamel and there's a large yard, too, for picnics & play.
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Member since: 2004

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 520 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Main bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Clawfoot tub...moreless


  • DVD Player:

    Blue Ray players in both the living room and family room...moreless

  • Games:

    Sorry, checkers, Scrabble, Rack'o and more...moreless

  • Television:

    2 Vizio flat panel TV's with Netflix on both TV's....moreless


  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    See the beach from front porch, windows and yard. Second house from beach, view is from side of house...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mt. Baker can be seen throughout the local area...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Birch Bay is part of Salish Sea (North Puget Sound)...moreless

  • Village:

    Village atmosphere, unincorporated, beach homes, restaurants and amusements around the 'C' shape of Birch Bay, a resort holiday area for over 100 years, enjoyed by Canadians and Americans alike....moreless

  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:


  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Off street parking with room for a boat....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels. Beach towels during the summer....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Whirlpool Duet. Laundry detergent provided....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Off-season, wood and fire starters provided....moreless


  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen Aid stand mixer and other Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart small appliances. Cuisinart coffee grinder, hand mixer, garbage disposal. Well equipped kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Whirlpool above the range...moreless

  • Oven:





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from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 - May 18, 2017
2 night min stay
Early Summer 2017
May 19 - Jun 22, 2017
2 night min stay
Jun 23 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
July 4th
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
4 night min stay
Jul 5 - Jul 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Aug 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Sep 10 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Fall - Mid
Oct 1 - Nov 18, 2017
2 night min stay
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2017
2 night min stay
Early December
Nov 27 - Dec 18, 2017
2 night min stay
Christmas Holidays
Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2018
3 night min stay
Jan 2 - Feb 28, 2018
2 night min stay
$650 $1,195
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 10.5%


Rate is for the first 6 guests. Guests above 6 range for $50 to $75 per week, $10 to $15 per night each.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver
80 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Will'O Pub
45 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 5
400 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Vonna's Purple Fin
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt Baker
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
Birch Bay

The beach Is the major attraction, the water is warm because of the tide flat. The cottage is located across from several miles of unobstructed beach.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Shortly after our youngest graduated high school, we purchased Lora's Cottage and began renovating it. One cold night, we ventured out from our home just north of Seattle to Birch Bay to start work. That was one of the coldest nights we ever spent, sleeping on a mattress we hauled in our pick up truck! We found the cottage had no insulation and the heat was inadequate for that cold October night! We thought we'd be six weeks renovating, couldn’t claim youth and ignorance; ever since that night, we learned the cottage would tell us what it needed next. I could not and should not go into all the details, suffice is to say, we've owned a few properties and know how to manage them.

Why the Owner Chose Birch Bay, WA, USA:
We were attracted to Lora's Cottage because it is one house from the beach and also includes shared private beach rights to an undeveloped portion of the spit at the mouth of Terrill Creek. One of the features we truly enjoy about this property and Seashell Cottage (across the lane from Lora's) is that there is no railroad track to cross. This type of beach property is not common in Washington State. So it's very easy to get to the beach and that was very important to us. It's away from the hustle and bustle of urban living and yet has a wonderful year 'round holiday good times flavor. Also we were drawn by the low bank beach, no hills or berms or bluffs to hike down. The cottage itself held so much charm and we knew it had a lot of potential because of that before we renovated. It is really fun to go crabbing in August. We catch a lot of crab and one of the things we enjoy is sharing it with others and upon many occasions are able to share with our rental guests. The non-stop water views of the entire area, whether Birch Bay, Blaine or Semiahmoo were a tremendous attraction to us as well as the great diversity of the area.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
It is so lovely to sit on the front porch, we really enjoy having drinks with either friends or family and watch the sunset over the water, feel the gentle breeze from the west. We were attracted, too, by how easy it is to just walk over to the beach whenever we feel like it, maybe to watch eagles or watch a spectacular sunset. Our daughter loves the 'C' Shop and we are anticipating her children enjoying it too and having memories of goodies planted in their heads in just a few years when they're old enough. The cottage is a little dollhouse and was so much fun to decorate.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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  • GE 5 burner cooktop with convection oven.

    GE 5 burner cooktop with convection oven.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Kitchen with all you need and more.

    Kitchen with all you need and more.

VRBO #594108

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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